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Crime and Terrorism
Finding Yourself After Identity Theft

Crime and Terrorism
Crime and Terrorism


Finding Yourself After Identity Theft
Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 9 to 12
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   8.14

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    phishing, scammers, phony, oneself, masculine, dumpster, fraud, finding, tactic, update, lifelong, acronym, vulnerable, felon, unlawful, financial
     content words:    Social Security, Identity Theft, Assumption Deterrence Act, Federal Bureau, United States Secret Service, United States Postal Inspection Service, Federal Trade Commission, Internet Service Provider, Be Stingy, Trans Union


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Finding Yourself After Identity Theft
By Colleen Messina
  

1     Finding oneself can be a lifelong process, but it becomes an urgent matter if you have experienced identity theft. Identity theft is when people use your name or personal information without your permission for unlawful economic gain. They might steal your social security number, your driver's license number, or your credit card number and use them to open new accounts in your name. Then, they make major purchases without your knowledge. You end up with large bills and large headaches!
 
2     Congress made identity theft a federal offense when they passed the Identity Theft and Assumption Deterrence Act in 1998. The act of identity theft carries a minimum sentence of 2-5 years' imprisonment and a fine. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Secret Service, and United States Postal Inspection Service work with federal prosecutors to solve identity theft cases.
 
3     Sometimes, identity theft occurs because you lose your wallet or purse. The thief has easy access to your personal information. Identity theft can also happen through less obvious avenues. For example, if you throw away your old bills and bank statements, you might become vulnerable to identity theft. During the night, "dumpster divers" could go through your trash and find your old papers. If they do, they have a gold mine of information that can be used against you! Shredding your bills and bank statements is much safer than putting them in the trash.

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